CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN. 12, 2015
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Career Help for a Female Ex Convict

Contrary to popular belief, there are no time limits attached to the direct consequences of criminal conviction. In fact, most civil statutes prevent convicts from receiving any kind of employment or licensure, even after completing their probation period. In most cases, employers still shy away from hiring anyone with a history of violence, especially women convicted of felonies. As a result, women felons find it more difficult to get work or rebuild their lives years after court rulings. If you are finding it difficult to start over in the employment world, here’s some advice to help you make a fresh start.

Be Confident and Passionate

Women felons often lack education and relevant work experience; they must use their personality and passion for the job to compensate for any lack of expertise. Do not forget that employers can sometimes teach you the skills necessary to perform certain functions, but cannot constantly provide you with the passion needed for the work. Therefore, you must be confident in your abilities and show commitment at all times.

Be convincing

Develop convincing ways of presenting your past in a positive light. Most of the time, you will find that you need to reassure your employer that you are no longer a threat. A change in circumstances is one of the best ways of proving that you have moved on. For example, mentioning that you have settled down or are trying to reconstitute your family would give the impression that you stand to lose a lot if you re-offend. However, ensure that your explanations do not sound like excuses for your actions. In other instances, you could divert the focus of the interview to why you think you are suited for the job, rather than dwell on your criminal record.

Reinvent Yourself

You may increase your chances of finding work by creating a new outlook on both your life and your career. Figure out how to show your employer that your crimes are a thing of the past. After taking time to figure out what it is you want to do, research ways to improve your skills. Try taking part in some community volunteer work or completing a training course to give you something positive to talk about during an interview.

Apply strategically

Moreover, do not rush into applying for every job you see that fits your expertise. By applying for fewer jobs and spending a credible amount of time on each one, you increase your chances of proving that you are dependable.

Promote yourself

Come up with your own sales pitch. Sell yourself with specific facts involving your positive attributes. The more you promote yourself, the easier it will be to do it in an interview with prospective employers.

Consider Self-Employment

Self-employment is one of the most attractive options for ex-offenders. Depending on the nature of the entrepreneurship, women felons hardly have to disclose their criminal records to anybody. Ask your support group for advice based on funding options and the type of business that you may be best suited to.

Apply for jobs that you are qualified for to save yourself a lot of effort and time. Do not give up or let negativity get in the way of your success. One mistake does not have to be the end of your life.

 

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